Safety works/footpath upgrades for Donabate likely to commence in 2023

by Rose Barrett
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Cllr Adrian Henchy welcomes some clarification on the upgrade works badly needed at Turvey Avenue to Donabate Train Station and also, upgrading of footpaths outside both Scoil Phadraic Cailíní and St. Patrick’s Boys National School on the Portrane Road, writes Rose Barrett.

“I am frustrated with the ongoing delays and timelines in addressing these long overdue safety deficits but remain as determined as ever to see works finally get underway,” said Cllr Henchy.

“My thanks to our local community for their patience and forbearance with this issue. Also I’d like to acknowledge the school Principals Ms Green, Mr Horan and their respective boards of management who have been highlighting this issue for many years!” 

At the local LEA meeting on Thursday (April 14) last, Cllr Henchy requested 

“To ask the Chief Executive to provide an update including new amended timelines on the delivery of two critically important infrastructural Part 8 improvements for Donabate, the continuous and widened footpath on Turvey Avenue to Donabate train station and the significant upgrade of footpaths outside both Scoil Phadraic Cailíní and St. Patrick’s Boys National School on the Portrane Road?”

In response, Fingal County Council stated:

“The Part 8 approved infrastructural improvements for Portrane Road and Turvey Avenue in Donabate have progressed to detailed design and land acquisition stage.

“The Turvey Avenue Footpath Enhancement Project CPO became operative from November 2021. The Council is engaging with affected landowners on Turvey Avenue to finalise details related to accommodation works and boundary treatments.

In parallel, the Council is preparing similar CPO documents for the required lands on Portrane Road. The exact timeline associated with the CPO will be subject to the assessment and approval procedures of An Bord Pleanála,”

The council noted: “However, it is expected to complete the land acquisition processes for both schemes in 2022, and appoint a main works contractor to commence construction work on both Portrane Road and Turvey Avenue in 2023.”

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